Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
The primary goal of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty is to prepare graduates to provide advanced nursing care to patients with complex acute, critical and chronic health conditions, including the delivery of acute care services. The AGACNP practices in any setting in which patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies, high-intensity nursing intervention or continuous nursing vigilance within the range of high-acuity care. Coursework, clinical experience and research utilization provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing roles. In order to be eligible to apply for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty, students must have one year of full-time work experience in an acute care setting. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP).
Our Adult-Gerontology Acute Nurse Practitioner specialty is based on the guidelines of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies as defined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF):
- Health promotion, protection of disease and treatment with particular focus on assessment and diagnosis of health status and initiating a plan of care and implementing treatment
- Building the nurse practitioner/patient relationship
- Teaching/coaching function skills of the nurse practitioner
- Professional role development
- Managing healthcare delivery systems
- Care in regards to cultural competency
- Nursing 7200 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Skills
- Nursing 7208.01 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum I
- Nursing 7208.02 Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II
A sample curriculum for the traditional master's full-time and part-time options, as well as the graduate entry option can be found in the master's in nursing handbook. A sample curriculum for the BSN to DNP can be found in the DNP handbook.